The Sealed Train (Lenin's secret journey from Switzerland to by Michael Pearson

By Michael Pearson

As a devastating international warfare rages in Europe and a cataclysmic revolution in Russia starts, Lenin is exiled in Zurich, plotting his go back. this is often the chilling suspense tale of his perilous trip via enemy territory

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By Michael Pearson

As a devastating international warfare rages in Europe and a cataclysmic revolution in Russia starts, Lenin is exiled in Zurich, plotting his go back. this is often the chilling suspense tale of his perilous trip via enemy territory

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The initial strike would be launched at the German position at Arras. That week Lenin’s plan to cross Germany, with the Kaiser’s help, was under discussion elsewhere in Petersburg, as well as in the British Embassy and the Foreign Ministry. Across the Neva in Old Petersburg, the Bolshevik Central Committee was also considering it in the mansion it had seized from its prior owner, Kshesinskaya, a prima ballerina who had once been the mistress f the Tsar. Kamenev and Stalin had taken over control of the party—and the editing of Pravda—from Vyacheslav Molotov and Alexander Shlyapnikov, who had been running the Bureau of the Central Committee in the absence, in Siberia or exile, of all the leaders.

Unlike all the ambassadors who reported to him, there was no “von” in his name. 2005 19:25:40 Michael Pearson, The Sealed Train, chapter 4 through this formidable class barrier through ability. A well-built, ruddy faced man, who drank a quart of Moselle every day with his lunch, this shrewd statesman enjoyed the respect of the Kaiser. Possibly, however, the most important factor in March, 1917, was the fact that the whole concept of “revolutionizing” had been his own — and the scope for this had suddenly been not existed before.

The minister, Buchanan reported, had asked that “they should be allowed to proceed at once [to Russia]. ” Accordingly, the next morning, Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour gave orders for their release only to cancel them on receipt of yet another telegram from Petersburg. Mr. ” The reasons were not very sound, for they were not the result of anything so dramatic as espionage. The naval commander in Halifax had read a report in a newspaper. ” Standing, as always, with his thumbs stuck in the armholes of his waistcoat, he would not have seen much in the dusk light—just the passing firs and the beeches that grew thickly beside the tracks.

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